Coronavirus (COVID-19): early learning and childcare services
Guidance for early learning, school aged childcare and childminder settings on reducing the risks of COVID-19.
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Wider harms of COVID-19
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Supporting the workforce
Staff in the childcare sector have worked incredibly hard to support children and families throughout the pandemic, under very challenging circumstances.
The following resources area available to staff to support their wellbeing:
- we worked with Early Years Scotland to develop a Team ELC Wellbeing Hub that contains a wealth of practical hits and advice to help staff manage their wellbeing, connect with each and engage in shared learning
- resources on mental health, wellbeing and professional learning have been developed to support schools and childcare practitioners
Self-Isolation Support Grant
If you get COVID-19, you may be eligible for the self-isolation support grant and eligibility criteria can be found at mygov.scot.
As isolation guidance evolves, we will continue to consider where targeted isolation support, including financial support, is required to support communities experiencing enduring transmission and COVID-19 related health inequalities.
The pandemic has been challenging for everyone but has had a disproportionate impact on some children, families and communities. As we recover from COVID-19 settings should be confident that they are providing experiences and sensitive interactions in a variety of outdoor and indoor spaces, in ways which best support the needs of children and help to develop the resilience and wellbeing of babies, toddlers and young children.
The national practice guidance 'Realising the Ambition: Being Me’, supported by the National Health and Social Care Standards, emphasises the crucial role that high quality early learning and childcare can play in supporting children and families and giving children the best start in life by offering a nurturing environment. This is also outlined in Space to Grow, the design guidance for early learning and childcare and out of school care settings which notes the importance of positive interactions, health and wellbeing, and supporting play and other positive experiences. This continues to be crucial as we support children and families to recover from COVID-19.
Support and guidance on supporting children’s mental health, as well as supporting children with worries about nursery or childcare is available online.
Resources are available online to support young children at points of transitions as well as guidance on transitions in the context of COVID-19.
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